Diseases that men fear the most.Posted on 2013-04-24 01:43:14
It has become a statement of fact that men have a lower life expectancy than their female counter parts for interplay of reasons. One important reason is that men are generally known to take their time before going to seek health treatment. According to Mayo Clinic research, men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests. Men are 30 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for heart failure and complications for diabetes such as diabetic foot that may require amputation. Clearly men have a challenge. When a man is seen at a hospital or clinic, the implication is that he is in some good amount of discomfort. Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence: Men always consider themselves “animals” between the sheets. Sexuality is what at times clearly defines men. When a man is able to perform between the sheets it rocks his world, pun intended. Impotence is the consistent (partial or total) inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse or the inability to achieve ejaculation, or both. In young men the causes are more psychological while as men age their bodies affect their sexual performance or the medication they may be using. Baldness: When men look at themselves in the mirrors they are not looking at the pimples or blemishes on their skin. No, they are busy watching their hairlines to note whether it is intact or receding. Men love their hair. Any hint of loss of their full head of hair creates days of anxiety and sleepless nights. When men notice a receding hair line they will jump onto many remedies and even seek surgery. Look at Wayne Rooney, a famous English Premiership football player. He has all the money but he had to buy himself hair. Why? Any loss of hair makes men feel like they are losing their virility. Infertility: If there is one thing the society expects from men (apart from being successful) is the ability to have children. This is an unseen expectation that is heavily felt by men. When boys become men this expectation is wrought with fears of the unexpected. Usually the best fertility test for men is to impregnate a woman. However this is not an endorsement for risky sexual behaviour. Men silently celebrate when they sire their first child. A burden of fear is lifted off their shoulders. Whether the child is actually yours at the end of the day is another matter. However, the grief of men unable to sire children is usually palpable and crashing to a man’s ego. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: If you are getting the pattern here is that men are concerned a lot about their reproductive health. Sexually transmitted diseases and infections like genital warts, herpes and HIV are what men are constantly asking about their causes and how to get treated. Heart disease: The most common cause of sudden death is a heart problem. Men need to be in control and they losing control and thus fear collapsing and dying. In Kenya Heart diseases kill more people than cancer. Heart disease is a leading men's health threat not only here in Africa but also in developed countries. There are many heart diseases that affect the heart mainly coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythm, heart failure, heart muscle disease and other conditions affecting the heart. Stroke: A stroke is caused by the disruption of blood flow to any part of the brain. This results in that part of the brain getting injured and losing function. The causes of strokes are similar to that of heart diseases i.e. high blood pressure, diabetes, age, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise. Strokes occur earlier in men and women. If a stroke does not kill you, it can leave you paralyzed, debilitated and even unable to communicate. Cancer: This disease has become feared in our society in the recent past. The statistics of famous and not so famous men in our society who have fallen to cancer is alarming. The most feared by men is Prostate cancer which affects black men most. The prostate is a gland in the reproductive organ of men which is commonly affected by two main diseases in men as they age. The first is that it enlarges making it difficult to urinate and the second is that it can develop cancer. The exact cause of prostate cancer is not well known but what we know is that it strikes in black men anywhere from 40 years of age. Accidents: Finally men fear dying in road traffic accidents. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of fatal accidents among men. In the recent years there have been increasing statistics of road accidents in Kenya due to careless driving. This careless driving has made driving on Kenyan roads a nightmare. Thankfully, most men's health threats are largely preventable. Prevention definitely pay offs when it comes to overcoming some of these diseases. Adoption of a healthy lifestyle when one is younger gives longer life expectancy in the future and therefore healthier lifestyle choices must be made.
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